Behind the scenes
2012 was the year I was ever so lucky to choose my first aussie and it was a little by chance :-) I had just lost my border collie Oscar, and since I had had my challenges in controlling his herding instinct, I thought I would go for a different kind of herding dog and I liked the description of the aussie. I love their individual beauty, their incredible intelligence, their ability to work with anything you ask them to, and their cute cuddle gene makes them the perfect family member in our house.
At this moment I have 3 aussie girls from 2 different breeders, and they all 3 have several titles already :-)
I would like to work in herding but for herding you need land and sheep and I have neither. Also I need more time than the 24 hours the day offers me now ;-) Heaven tried sheep 1 time and was a natural. She rounded up the sheep, when the instructor was explaining me some tricks.
The kennel name is carefully put together from my 2 first girls. Heart comes from Vida's kennelname Heartbreaker, and Haven comes from Heaven, but since Hearthaven both sounds better and gives better meaning than Heartheaven, I ended up with Hearthaven. The meaning itself is also so incredibly me - My hearts place to go whenever it hurts, is presicely the dogs, so a better name I could not ask for. Thank you Naja Baaring for coming up with that genious mix of my 2 girls!
I try to stay well educated in "dogs" in general, but the more I learn, the more I find that I need to learn and study, so I don't believe I ever finish learning "dog". Our kennel club offers many great seminars, and I have offcourse finished the "breeders education". I attend a lot of handling and training seminars as well, and I have been to a seminar on color genetics, which is very interesting. I am also eduacated through the Kennel Club as trainer so I weekly teach puppy and young dogs class which I truely enjoy.
Health wise there are no restrictions or guidelines written for aussies in Denmark, so I follow the norms of the time, and at the moment we examine our breeding animals for MDR1, HSF4, PRA, CEA, HD and ED status. With time things change and new diseases come up, and then we test for them.
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